France Capture World Cup

July 15, 2018

Kylian Mbappé (10) of France celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday in Moscow. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Final Match completed Sunday:

FRA 4 CRO 2
19 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

Congratulations to Wes upon winning his first World Cup Prediction Challenge! Like Wes, John Woycheshin held his position near the top of our table with Sunday’s result, while Pedro and Angie moved up into the prize spots with their prediction of a higher-scoring French win. Joel rounds out our prize podium in fifth place, edged out on a tie-breaker with Angie.

I hope all players enjoyed this World Cup Prediction Challenge! and the chance to match wits with other football fans. ~ Michael

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018.pdf

Final Standings and Prizes (Tiebreaker Applied)

Overall
Prize
1 Wes Zetaruk 304 $103.50
2 John Woycheshin 303 $57.50
3 Pedro Oliveira 280 $34.50
4 Angie Mallhi-Johal 278 $23.00
5 Joel Palmer 278 $11.50
6 Hailley Honcharik 273
7 Kay Otani 273
8 Michael Poplawski 272
9 Evan Howatson 271
10 Clint Lalonde 265
11 Aly Essa 265
12 Casey Farrell 265
13 Steffen Warias 264
14 Ed Mick 263
15 Serene Ford 261
16 DJ Johal 250
17 Greg Poirier 246
18 Tim Winkelmans 229
19 Virginia Rego 210
20 John Eastaugh 209
21 Frank Cholette 192
22 David Latham 175
23 Logan Zetaruk 159
Final
1 Casey Farrell 85
2 Pedro Oliveira 70
Angie Mallhi-Johal 70
Aly Essa 70
Greg Poirier 70
Tim Winkelmans 70
Virginia Rego 70
8 Kay Otani 55
Clint Lalonde 55
Ed Mick 55
DJ Johal 55
12 Wes Zetaruk 50
John Woycheshin 50
Joel Palmer 50
Hailley Honcharik 50
Michael Poplawski 50
Evan Howatson 50
Steffen Warias 50
Serene Ford 50
20 John Eastaugh 20
21 Frank Cholette 0
David Latham 0
Logan Zetaruk 0
Third Place Playoff (Tiebreaker)
1 Hailley Honcharik 100
Serene Ford 100
Clint Lalonde 100
Frank Cholette 100
5 Wes Zetaruk 85
John Woycheshin 85
Steffen Warias 85
Ed Mick 85
DJ Johal 85
Tim Winkelmans 85
11 Michael Poplawski 70
Evan Howatson 70
Kay Otani 70
Angie Mallhi-Johal 70
John Eastaugh 70
Greg Poirier 70
Virginia Rego 70
18 Joel Palmer 55
19 Logan Zetaruk 50
20 Aly Essa 20
21 Casey Farrell 5
David Latham 5
23 Pedro Oliveira 0
Semi-finals
1 Wes Zetaruk 68
Hailley Honcharik 68
3 Steffen Warias 64
Ed Mick 64
Michael Poplawski 64
6 Angie Mallhi-Johal 60
Aly Essa 60
Casey Farrell 60
Logan Zetaruk 60
Pedro Oliveira 60
John Eastaugh 60
Kay Otani 60
Frank Cholette 60
14 Serene Ford 56
DJ Johal 56
John Woycheshin 56
17 Virginia Rego 48
18 David Latham 38
Evan Howatson 38
20 Joel Palmer 34
Tim Winkelmans 34
22 Clint Lalonde 26
23 Greg Poirier 22
Quarter-finals
1 Michael Poplawski 94
2 Clint Lalonde 80
3 Evan Howatson 78
Greg Poirier 78
Pedro Oliveira 78
6 Joel Palmer 74
Kay Otani 74
8 Wes Zetaruk 58
Ed Mick 58
DJ Johal 58
11 John Woycheshin 56
Steffen Warias 56
13 Serene Ford 54
14 Aly Essa 52
15 Casey Farrell 50
Hailley Honcharik 50
17 Frank Cholette 44
David Latham 44
19 Tim Winkelmans 42
Angie Mallhi-Johal 42
21 Virginia Rego 34
22 John Eastaugh 32
23 Logan Zetaruk 30
Round of 16
1 Angie Mallhi-Johal 76
2 John Woycheshin 71
3 Joel Palmer 70
4 David Latham 61
5 Ed Mick 58
Wes Zetaruk 58
7 DJ Johal 57
Evan Howatson 57
9 Frank Cholette 56
10 Serene Ford 55
John Eastaugh 55
12 Steffen Warias 54
13 Tim Winkelmans 49
Aly Essa 49
15 Pedro Oliveira 48
Clint Lalonde 48
17 Greg Poirier 46
18 Hailley Honcharik 45
19 Casey Farrell 42
20 Logan Zetaruk 41
21 Kay Otani 40
22 Michael Poplawski 36
23 Virginia Rego 34
Group Stage
1 John Woycheshin 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
3 Hailley Honcharik 60
4 Clint Lalonde 56
5 Joel Palmer 50
6 Evan Howatson 48
7 Serene Ford 46
8 Kay Otani 44
9 John Eastaugh 42
10 Steffen Warias 40
11 Tim Winkelmans 34
Aly Essa 34
13 Frank Cholette 32
David Latham 32
15 Angie Mallhi-Johal 30
Greg Poirier 30
17 Logan Zetaruk 28
Michael Poplawski 28
Ed Mick 28
Casey Farrell 28
21 Virginia Rego 24
Pedro Oliveira 24
DJ Johal 24

 


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Final Predictions

July 14, 2018

France are the heavy favourite to win their second World Cup Title, with 19 players picking them to win, 4 for Croatia to win their first major title. A French win will affect our game largely based on what the final score turns out to be, while a Croatian upset will turn our table, and prize payout on its head.

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018 Final Predictions.pdf

Enjoy the match, and good luck!

Summary of player predictions:

FRA 19 CRO 4

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Third Place Playoff Goes to Belgium; Tiebreaker Results

July 14, 2018

Belgian players received their medals after defeating England 2-0 in the FIFA World Cup third-place playoff match on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Players, please ensure that you submit your predictions for Sunday’s Final by 23:00 PDT Saturday if you haven’t done so already.

Third Place Playoff Match completed Saturday:

BEL 2 ENG 0
19 players had match winner correct
4 players (Hailley, Serene, Clint and Frank) had match score correct

These Tiebreaker results will be applied to any players tied in our Standings after Sunday’s Final is complete. You may wish to take this into account when submitting your Final Predictions! See below.

Third Place Playoff (Tiebreaker)
1 Hailley Honcharik 100
Serene Ford 100
Clint Lalonde 100
Frank Cholette 100
5 Wes Zetaruk 85
John Woycheshin 85
Steffen Warias 85
Ed Mick 85
DJ Johal 85
Tim Winkelmans 85
11 Michael Poplawski 70
Evan Howatson 70
Kay Otani 70
Angie Mallhi-Johal 70
John Eastaugh 70
Greg Poirier 70
Virginia Rego 70
18 Joel Palmer 55
19 Logan Zetaruk 50
20 Aly Essa 20
21 Casey Farrell 5
David Latham 5
23 Pedro Oliveira 0

Again, our five prizes up for grabs are shown here:

Rank Share Prize
1st 45%  $  103.50
2nd 25%  $    57.50
3rd 15%  $    34.50
4th 10%  $    23.00
5th 5%  $    11.50

And our Overall Standings, now incorporating the Third Place Playoff Tiebreaker.

Overall Standings
 (Tiebreakers Applied)
1 Wes Zetaruk 254
2 John Woycheshin 253
3 Joel Palmer 228
4 Hailley Honcharik 223
5 Michael Poplawski 222
6 Evan Howatson 221
7 Kay Otani 218
8 Steffen Warias 214
9 Serene Ford 211
10 Clint Lalonde 210
11 Pedro Oliveira 210
12 Ed Mick 208
13 Angie Mallhi-Johal 208
14 DJ Johal 195
15 Aly Essa 195
16 Frank Cholette 192
17 John Eastaugh 189
18 Casey Farrell 180
19 Greg Poirier 176
20 David Latham 175
21 Tim Winkelmans 159
22 Logan Zetaruk 159
23 Virginia Rego 140


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Third Place Playoff Tiebreaker Predictions

July 13, 2018

The vast majority of players have chosen Belgium to win Saturday in a game for honour for the teams involved;  in our game, it’s about bragging rights, and perhaps to break a tie!

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018 Third Place Playoff Tiebreaker Predictions.pdf

Enjoy the match, and good luck!

Summary of player predictions:

BEL 19 ENG 3

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Reminder: Tiebreaker Prediction Form Due Friday, 23:00 PT

July 12, 2018

The Third Place Playoff Game is not used in the cumulative scoring, but will be used to break any ties in our final game standings. The Form is due 23:00 Friday evening.


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Final Prediction Form, Third Place Playoff Tiebreaker Prediction Form Now Available

July 11, 2018

Form submission deadlines:

We’re now approaching the end of the tournament. If the games on the field have been close, our Prediction Challenge! game might even be closer: there are no fewer than 13 players within 50 points (the value of picking Sunday’s winner) of the lead, and 22 players can can still conceivably win. A prize is still within reach of every player!

Our five prizes up for grabs are shown here:

Rank Share Prize
1st 45%  $  103.50
2nd 25%  $    57.50
3rd 15%  $    34.50
4th 10%  $    23.00
5th 5%  $    11.50

Players are given until the prior evening to submit predictions for the following day’s game.

There are two Prediction Forms to submit: the most important one, relating to the Final, must be submitted by 23:00 Saturday:

The Final is the last round that counts towards our cumulative scoring.

The other Form to submit is for the Third Place Playoff Game. The Third Place Playoff Game is not used in the cumulative scoring, but will be used to break any ties in our final game standings. The Form is due 23:00 Friday

Overall Standings
 (Tiebreakers Applied)
1 Wes Zetaruk 254
2 John Woycheshin 253
3 Joel Palmer 228
4 Hailley Honcharik 223
5 Michael Poplawski 222
6 Evan Howatson 221
7 Kay Otani 218
8 Steffen Warias 214
9 Serene Ford 211
10 Pedro Oliveira 210
11 Clint Lalonde 210
12 Ed Mick 208
13 Angie Mallhi-Johal 208
14 Aly Essa 195
15 DJ Johal 195
16 Frank Cholette 192
17 John Eastaugh 189
18 Casey Farrell 180
19 Greg Poirier 176
20 David Latham 175
21 Logan Zetaruk 159
22 Tim Winkelmans 159
23 Virginia Rego 140


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Croatia Again Work Overtime to Top England, Will Meet France on Sunday

July 11, 2018

Semi-final match completed Wednesday:

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute on Wednesday to send Croatia to its first-ever World Cup final. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

CRO 2 ENG 1
5 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

Wes and Hailley led the way in a round where no players managed to predict both World Cup finalists nor get either game score correct.

Our leaderboard, with the five players currently in prize spots, saw Wes move into top spot ahead of John Woycheshin and Joel, while Hailley and Michael replaced Evan and Clint.

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semi-finals.pdf

Overall Standings
 (Tiebreakers Applied)
1 Wes Zetaruk 254
2 John Woycheshin 253
3 Joel Palmer 228
4 Hailley Honcharik 223
5 Michael Poplawski 222
6 Evan Howatson 221
7 Kay Otani 218
8 Steffen Warias 214
9 Serene Ford 211
10 Pedro Oliveira 210
11 Clint Lalonde 210
12 Ed Mick 208
13 Angie Mallhi-Johal 208
14 Aly Essa 195
15 DJ Johal 195
16 Frank Cholette 192
17 John Eastaugh 189
18 Casey Farrell 180
19 Greg Poirier 176
20 David Latham 175
21 Logan Zetaruk 159
22 Tim Winkelmans 159
23 Virginia Rego 140
Semi-finals
1 Wes Zetaruk 68
Hailley Honcharik 68
3 Steffen Warias 64
Ed Mick 64
Michael Poplawski 64
6 Angie Mallhi-Johal 60
Aly Essa 60
Casey Farrell 60
Logan Zetaruk 60
Pedro Oliveira 60
John Eastaugh 60
Kay Otani 60
Frank Cholette 60
14 Serene Ford 56
DJ Johal 56
John Woycheshin 56
17 Virginia Rego 48
18 David Latham 38
Evan Howatson 38
20 Joel Palmer 34
Tim Winkelmans 34
22 Clint Lalonde 26
23 Greg Poirier 22
Quarter-finals
1 Michael Poplawski 94
2 Clint Lalonde 80
3 Evan Howatson 78
Greg Poirier 78
Pedro Oliveira 78
6 Joel Palmer 74
Kay Otani 74
8 Wes Zetaruk 58
Ed Mick 58
DJ Johal 58
11 John Woycheshin 56
Steffen Warias 56
13 Serene Ford 54
14 Aly Essa 52
15 Casey Farrell 50
Hailley Honcharik 50
17 Frank Cholette 44
David Latham 44
19 Tim Winkelmans 42
Angie Mallhi-Johal 42
21 Virginia Rego 34
22 John Eastaugh 32
23 Logan Zetaruk 30
Round of 16
1 Angie Mallhi-Johal 76
2 John Woycheshin 71
3 Joel Palmer 70
4 David Latham 61
5 Ed Mick 58
Wes Zetaruk 58
7 DJ Johal 57
Evan Howatson 57
9 Frank Cholette 56
10 Serene Ford 55
John Eastaugh 55
12 Steffen Warias 54
13 Tim Winkelmans 49
Aly Essa 49
15 Pedro Oliveira 48
Clint Lalonde 48
17 Greg Poirier 46
18 Hailley Honcharik 45
19 Casey Farrell 42
20 Logan Zetaruk 41
21 Kay Otani 40
22 Michael Poplawski 36
23 Virginia Rego 34
Group Stage
1 John Woycheshin 70
Wes Zetaruk 70
3 Hailley Honcharik 60
4 Clint Lalonde 56
5 Joel Palmer 50
6 Evan Howatson 48
7 Serene Ford 46
8 Kay Otani 44
9 John Eastaugh 42
10 Steffen Warias 40
11 Tim Winkelmans 34
Aly Essa 34
13 Frank Cholette 32
David Latham 32
15 Angie Mallhi-Johal 30
Greg Poirier 30
17 Logan Zetaruk 28
Michael Poplawski 28
Ed Mick 28
Casey Farrell 28
21 Virginia Rego 24
Pedro Oliveira 24
DJ Johal 24


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France Stifle Belgium, Return to Final After 20 Years

July 10, 2018

Semi-final match completed Tuesday:

Samuel Umtiti’s header was all France needed in the victory over Belgium in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

FRA 1 BEL 0
12 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semi-finals 07-10.pdf

Overall
1 Wes Zetaruk 242
2 John Woycheshin 241
3 Joel Palmer 216
4 Hailley Honcharik 211
5 Michael Poplawski 210
6 Evan Howatson 205
7 Serene Ford 203
8 Steffen Warias 202
9 Angie Mallhi-Johal 200
10 Clint Lalonde 198
11 Ed Mick 196
12 DJ Johal 187
13 Aly Essa 183
14 Kay Otani 172
15 Greg Poirier 168
Pedro Oliveira 168
Casey Farrell 168
18 David Latham 163
19 Tim Winkelmans 147
20 Frank Cholette 146
21 John Eastaugh 143
22 Virginia Rego 140
23 Logan Zetaruk 117
Semi-finals
1 Wes Zetaruk 56
Hailley Honcharik 56
3 Angie Mallhi-Johal 52
Steffen Warias 52
Ed Mick 52
Michael Poplawski 52
7 Serene Ford 48
Aly Essa 48
DJ Johal 48
Casey Farrell 48
Virginia Rego 48
12 John Woycheshin 44
13 David Latham 26
14 Joel Palmer 22
Evan Howatson 22
Tim Winkelmans 22
17 Logan Zetaruk 18
Pedro Oliveira 18
19 Clint Lalonde 14
John Eastaugh 14
Kay Otani 14
Frank Cholette 14
Greg Poirier 14

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Semi-finals Predictions

July 9, 2018

For download: FIFA World Cup Prediction Challenge! 2018 Semi-finals Predictions.pdf

Expect some movement in this round, as we are split on France and Belgium, while five players have predicted Croatia to win against heavily-favoured England.

Enjoy the matches, and good luck!

Summary of player predictions:

FRA 12 BEL 11
CRO 5 ENG 18


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Semi-finals Prediction Form Now Available

July 8, 2018

The Semi-finals begin Tuesday. Predictions for both games are due by the end of the day (23:00 PT) Monday.

Find the Semi-finals Prediction Form here. .

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